Description: From earliest times, man's cultural and economic development has been associated with his ability to acquire and use energy. This ability has been primarily responsible for the rapid growth in world population during the 20th Century. The world's population is now on a doubling time of less than 40 years, and the momentum of population is expected to carry us to an equilibrium population of 12 to 16 billion. Vast energy inputs will be required to feed, clothe, and house a population three to four times larger than the present one. The question is: will man be able to provide the necessary energy. The answer: yes - if he chooses to do so. But the industrial countries - and especially the United States - hold the key. The exploitation of plentiful low-grade fossil resources and nuclear power by the developed world would relieve the pressure on world oil, and this would allow the LDCs to make use of the less capital intensive energy resources.
Date: January 1, 1980
Creator: Anderson, T.D.
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